Would you use a flare gun
Two stories that ran in CW recently have stirred up a debate regarding the pros and cons of carrying a gun onboard. Webb Chiles tells a chilling tale of an encounter with pirates off Indonesia in “A Close Call With Pirates“. He did not have a gun aboard, but he was ready to fight with some interesting “weapons” including a flare gun.
My story, “Several Ounces of Prevention,” discusses techniques cruisers use to protect their boats against theft, and also touched on the idea of carrying a gun on board, but did not make a recommendation either way. That non-stance stirred up a passionate response from reader David Lloyd of Williamsburg, Virginia. He writes, “Once again, CW has let its pacifistic, liberal editorial bias against guns appear in print.”
Now, I’m not going to engage with Mr. Lloyd’s curious beliefs (we’re a sailing magazine not a news or gun magazine), but he does raise an interesting question: Are guns on board a good thing or not?